Sunday Thought – 23.06.24

In the run up to the general election, the UK news is filled with reports as to who has said what and the promises which are being made in return for an ‘X’ or a tick on a voting slip. Whilst exercising the right to vote is a good thing, experience tells us that not all of the promises made by politicians will be fulfilled, sometimes as a consequence of a conscious ‘u-turn’, other times simply as a consequence of circumstances which mean it is no longer practical or even the right thing to do to honour that commitment. 

Christians believe that the most important decision that we can ever make in life however is not which politician to support but whether to follow God or not. The Old Testament leader Joshua once challenged his people to “choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve… as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (NIV, Joshua 24:15).

The Bible teaches that God doesn’t just give out well intended promises but promises he keeps. “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?” (NIV, Numbers 23:19). Consider today if you will put your trust in the one who knows the beginning from the end and has promised “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (NIV, Hebrews 13:5).

Prayer Points for the Week:

  • Pray for people to be safe and sensible in response to the upcoming UK yellow heat-health alerts.
  • Pray for the ongoing anti-tax protests in Kenya, especially that the shooting this week wouldn’t escalate into full conflict.
  • Please pray for the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East. For peace; for aid to get through to those in need; for those mourning the loss of loved ones.